Alex Tew, the Uk entrepreneur most famous for creating the Million Dollar Home Page, has stumbled on another hit, almost by accident. Tew is currently working on PopJam, currently in stealth mode, but came up with a viral game to promote the site’s launch in the new year. The smartly named SockAndAwe lets you throw a shoe at President Bush, referring his recent escapade at a press conference in Iraq. However, the game itself is now proving to be a smash hit in its own right.
Today the site got half a million unique users only two days after launch. Now Tew has put the game up for sale on eBay as a further promotion. Bidding starts at £100 GBP.
Of course, the eBay listing will simply add fuel to the PR fire. It’s certainly a novel way to raise financing for a startup.
Here is the information from the eBay listing:
SockandAwe.com has gone viral on a massive, global scale. Here are some visitor stats (at time of writing, 9:02pm UK time, 17th Dec)
- 1,161,825 Absolute Unique Visitors since launch on 15th Dec
- 1,680,465 Pageviews since launch on 15th Dec
- 823,906 Unique Visitors so far today alone (17th Dec)
- 9,533 sources and mediums of traffic (that’s a lot of inbound links!)
Oh, and in the game itself: over 21 million virtual shoes have successfully hit president Bush’s face so far!
UPDATE: Entrepreneur Brendan McLoughlin has bought the game for £5215 on ebay.